Google Lens is gradually rolling out to Pixel and Pixel 2 owners worldwide

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Back in October, Google announced that its machine-learning powered visual analysis app Lens will hit Pixel and Pixel 2 phones later this year. Lens went live for the first time as a feature in Google Photos, but over the last couple of weeks, a number of reports emerged online, suggesting that Lens is also making its way to Google assistant, albeit incrementally.

In Google Photos, Lens can be activated when viewing any image by tapping the Lens icon. The process of launching Lens from within Google Assistant is similar – …


Some iPhone X owners report crackling sounds coming out of earpiece speaker

The iPhone X packs a good amount of tech that we haven’t seen on an Apple smartphone before. Cupertino’s $1,000 flagship is the first iPhone to feature an OLED display, a nearly bezel-less design, the new Face ID authentication system, and a unique gesture-based version of iOS 11.
Given the amount of new stuff present, the news of some iPhone X owners experiencing issues at launch isn’t exactly surprising. One of these issues came in the form of a green line running down the outer edge of the handset’s OLED panel. While the problem is …

Microsoft CEO Nadella insults two iPad owners; "Get a real computer," he says

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently took a trip to India where he happened to run into pair of journalists who were both sporting Apple iPad tablets. “You need to get a real computer, my friend,” the executive said to one of them. Other Microsoft executives earlier this year said that Apple copied the Surface Pro with the iPad Pro. Ryan Gavin, General Manager of the Surface line, was a bit more specific when he stated that the iPad Pro was the result of Apple copying Microsoft in the 2-in-1 category.

There are those who say that there are many similarities between the two devices. Both …

Law firm recruits Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners for Class Action suit against Google, HTC and LG

With reports that the screen on the Pixel 2 XL suffers from screen burn-in, black smear and other problems, Google could face a Class Action lawsuit filed by those Pixel 2 XL buyers who are having issues with their displays. The phone, manufactured by LG, employs LG Display’s 6-inch pOLED screen. The “p” before the OLED acronym stands for plastic, and the display employs a QHD+ resolution.

Once certified by a judge, a Class Action suit consolidates individual law suits filed throughout the country for the same issues. A law firm by the name of Girard Gibbs LLP is already looking to recruit …

More problems: Pixel 2 XL owners report terribly tinny, distorted audio recording in videos

The Pixel 2 XL has been off to quite a bumpy start. From clicking sounds to faulty displays, the hits appear to keep on coming. Fortunately, the latest reported issue — distorted audio quality in video recording — should be easily fixed with a software update.

First reported among owners on Google’s Pixel Community website, the audio quality in video recordings is described as “tinny”, “overly compressed”, and “unusable” among many other descriptors from a growing number of users. Some describe it as a sometimes intermittent issue, leading many …

Pixel, Pixel XL owners have unlimited free storage of original photos and videos for life


When the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL models rolled out last year, Google promised owners of the two devices unlimited free storage of original quality photos and videos in Google Photo. No expiration date was ever mentioned. So when the word came from Mountain View that Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL owners will get the same treatment of their photos and videos, but only through the end of 2020, beads of sweat started to drip off owners of the first-gen models. Would their unlimited storage of original quality photos and videos also expire after three more years?

According …

Unlimited Google Photos storage for Pixel owners is ending in 2020

Right on the heels of the official Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL announcement, information has surfaced indicating that Google’s offer for unlimited Google Photos storage for original quality images and videos that Pixel owners can take advantage of will be ending in 2020.

Google said nothing of this during the unveiling of its 2017 smartphone lineup, but keen-eyed Reddit users have noticed a fine-print disclaimer in one of the promotional videos that Google aired during the event, saying that the service will end in three years.
The …

Settlement in Class Action suit means that some Sony Xperia device owners could receive a 50% refund

A settlement in a Class Action suit against Sony means that owners of certain Sony Xperia devices might end up receiving a 50% refund of the phone or tablet’s retail price. A federal court in New York ruled against Sony in a case that involved the waterproof capabilities of 24 Xperia models, including several smartphones and tablets. Owners of the devices listed below will automatically have their limited warranty coverage for damage resulting from water intrusion extended by one-year for models still under protection, and by six-months for devices no longer under warranty.

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Microsoft Band 2 owners experiencing syncing issues with the activity tracker's mobile app

Microsoft Band 2 owners are experiencing problems with the device’s mobile app that is used to sync the activity tracker with iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Windows 10 devices. The problem is preventing Microsoft Band 2 users from seeing the fitness data that accumulated on their Band 2 device from appearing on their smartphone via the app. When the user tries to call up this data, he/she will see a network connectivity error. This could indicate that the problem is due to a Microsoft server-side error.

A report published out of Germany states that Microsoft is aware of the problems affecting …

Sorry Lumia 520 owners, Windows 10 on ARM is not coming to existing Windows Phone devices

Later this year, Microsoft is expected to roll out Windows 10 on ARM. The idea, according to Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore, is to give consumers the full Windows 10 experience on mobile devices that are powered by chips using the ARM architecture. The new devices would use Snapdragon chipsets and offer outstanding battery life. Not only is Belfiore really talking about tablets and laptops, he adds that this technology will not be compatible with existing Windows phones.

Having the full Windows 10 running a phone means that Microsoft would need to make significant changes to the platform’s UI. …